Plumbing

How To What To Do If The Kitchen Sink Won’t Drain

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    A friend of ours asks about a kitchen sink that had been draining slowly for some time and now it is very clogged. It seems that they tried removing the p-trap under the sink already and found that it was free of obstructions. They then replaced the p-trap to find that the sink is now so clogged that they need to plunge it to get water to move.

    In this case they did the right …

    How To Find Water On Land Before You Buy It

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      If you are considering buying land to build a home on probably the most important thing you have to make sure you have access to is potable water. Without water you can’t grow crops or maintain animals but most important you can’t survive yourself. The alternative is to truck in water and that really isn’t an option for many people.

      So how do you find water on your land? The easiest way is to …

      How To React Quickly To A Water Or Gas Leak In Your Home

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        A friend just went through a situation where their Gas Hot Water Heater decided to spring a leak in the middle of the night and they were in a slight panic while trying to get the situation under control. I thought this might be a good time to go over what you should do if you find you have a leak of some type whether gas or water in your home.

        The first thing that …

        How To Improve The Flushing Of Your Toilet

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          A friend asks about their toilet and they say it does operate but the flow of water when flushing is not as much as they want. They also make note that if they hold the handle down while its flushing they end up with better results. They are looking for a better flush and don’t seem to have major problems. So, what can we do to help them?

          Toilets are pretty simple devices and for …

          How To Test And Adjust Your Homes Water Pressure

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            One of our friends asks about the water pressure in their home and they believe that they are getting pressure that is too high and damaging their home appliances such as their water heater. In an attempt to find an answer they called a plumber that came out and checked their system. The plumber found that they had 80PSI which is at the top of the acceptable range for residential water pressure. At this …

            How To Buying Water Supply And Waste Line Insurance

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              It has been getting pretty common for water companies and other third parties to offer you insurance that covers your water and waste lines both in the ground and inside your home. The coverage should repair any damage you have but are the costs of the insurance worth having?

              Repairing the water and waste lines between your home and the street hookups is your responsibility. It is work that you can often perform yourself but …

              How To Deal With Floor Joists That Need To Be Cut Or Moved For Plumbing

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                One of our friends asks about a bathroom remodel they are doing and while replacing their toilet the installation of the new waste line means they need to cut into a joist more than they should. When doing this you will be weakening the structure around an important area that needs to carry some weight. He wants to know what the best way to handle this is.

                Its always disappointing when you run into this type …

                How To Clean Out Your Main Plumbing Waste Line

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                  For many people cleaning plumbing clogs is not something the want to get involved with but if you have worked with basic plumbing before this is a job that you can perform on your own and save yourself a large amount of money.

                  Normally when pipes clog in your home it will happen in the trap area. This is a piece of pipe that is U shaped and the easiest place to see one is under …

                  How To Water Company installed Larger Supply Line now my Water Heater Pressure Valve is Leaking

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                    A friend of ours writes that the water company dug up their road and installed a new larger supply pipe in his street. They also installed a Check Valve to reduce Back Flow. Now his Water Heater Pressure Valve is leaking and he is wondering what he should do.

                    The first thing to understand is when water is heated in your water heater it expands. This expansion can be dangerous and they can actually explode …

                    How To Fix A Small Chip or Hole Inside a Toilet

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                      One of our friends asks how do they fix a chip in the bowl of their toilet that happened when they dropped something in it. Should they fix the hole or replace the whole toilet.

                      This is a common problem in the bathroom. You wake up and by accident drop something heavy into the toilet and cause a crack or hole in the side of the bowl.

                      The first thing you have to understand is that …